​Student Completes First Year of Leadership Training in the Bioeconomy

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From left to right: Mrs. Melinda Lloyd (CABLE Leadership Training), Dr. Giovanna M. Aita (LSU AgCenter Faculty Mentor), Ms. Chelsea Tyus (LSU Graduate Student Delegate), Dr. Dennis Hall (CABLE Program Director), Raleigh, NC, April 2019.

At the conclusion of a four-day conference, in which students gave their final presentations about current issues in the bioeconomy, Louisiana State University student, Chelsea Tyus, a graduate student of Dr. Joan King from the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, was recognized as a graduate of CABLE (the Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education).

Tyus and her Faculty Mentor, Dr. Giovanna M. Aita from the Audubon Sugar Institute, represent Louisiana State University in CABLE, a nationwide organization of 20 universities led by The Ohio State University and supported by the United StatesDepartment of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDANIFA) that aims to provide students with a year of leadership development in the bioeconomy.

Coming together for their Spring Conference at North Carolina State University, CABLE Student Delegates and Faculty Mentors had the opportunity to hear from current industry professionals representing Syngenta, BASF, Stephen Gould, and BioFuels Digest, present their final reports on issues currently affecting the bioeconomy, and take a tour of biotechnology company, Novozymes.

Having access to industry is a key benefit of the CABLE program. CABLE was created to develop bioeconomy industry leaders who will be ready to fill bioeconomy careers. Those future jobs include chemists, engineers, and scientists, among others. CABLE Program Director, Dennis Hall, of The Ohio State University, notes “The advanced bioeconomy is critical to a more sustainable future for society but largely invisible to all but few college students. The ultimate goal is to equip more students with the knowledge and leadership skills necessary for successful biobased enterprises.”

Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, Tyus worked with peers from SUNY-ESF, Washington University, and Colorado State University to develop a perspective regarding what is next for utilization, development, and actualization of the 2016 Billion Ton Study.

Upon successful completion of her CABLE term, Tyus was recognized as a graduate of the program and CABLE looks forward to the wonderful things she will accomplish throughout her career. CABLE is intent on expanding the leadership education of students and aiding them in achieving their goals of becoming future bioeconomy professionals.

4/29/2019 8:50:14 PM
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